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N. Korean weapons exporter KOMID still active despite sanctions: UN panel Updated: 2020-09-29 06:53:59 KST


An independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions issued an interim report on Monday local time showing that despite sanctions, North Korea is still selling weapons to Iran.
North Korea's weapons export company KOMID has been included on the UN sanctions list since 2009,. yet a representative of KOMID is reported to be still working in Iran.
North Korea is known to use the firm to export equipment for ballistic missiles and conventional weapons.
The report also said that North Korea is importing more refined oil than the 500-thousand barrels a year allowed under UN sanctions.
The North is reported to have imported between 600-thousand and 1.6 million barrels of refined oil from Russia and China in the first five months of this year alone, something which both Beijing and Moscow have denied.
North Korea has also been continuing its illegal maritime coal exports, and several ship-to-ship coal transfers have been spotted on satellite images.
One panel member also said Pyeongyang illegally exported coal 33 times between the start of January and May 7th this year.
The regime temporarily stopped exporting coal between late January and early March when COVID-19 was the most severe, but resumed exports in late March.
The report also says that North Korea might have developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit on the warheads of its ballistic missiles.
The panel believes the North's six nuclear tests have made such miniaturization possible.
One country even assessed that North Korea may seek to further develop miniaturization for multiple warhead systems.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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